I need help. We had a 25 year old 27-foot above-ground pool in our backyard. We recently took it and the worn deck that was attached to it and our house down to make way for an addition to our house. Now we need to figure out what to replace them with. DW wants another above-ground pool primarily to save costs. We just spent a fortune on the addition and she is concerned about the cost of in-ground. I need help talking her into this. She knows that a good above-ground with a deck will cost $12,000 (she read that online). She also knows that the liners in those pools need replacing every 8 to 10 years and that our dogs should not be going in it because they can tear the liner.
I have been reading about different types of pools and think either gunite or fiberglass would work. our yard is level and has sandy soil so either would be fine. I understand fiberglass is less expensive than gunite, but how much less? Also what are the advantages of in-ground verses above-ground? Any help would be appreciated. Jay